Remembering Robert’s Mother

Dear Friends,

Today has had me thinking about the memories we will leave with our family. Robert’s mother, Ella Cilley passed away Saturday morning. She had lived alone up until just a few months ago. She was in her 100th year of life. I can’t even begin to imagine the things she had witnessed in her lifetime. We were very blessed because she was ready to go on to her next assignment as she put it; to the next planet. Often she would comment on why she was still here. I told her that I thought she was to show all of us how to grow old and be strong. Many times she would just say; getting old, I wouldn’t recommend it. One time she told me that she would have gladly given up 25 years of her life to be able to spend 25 more years with her husband. Robert’s father died when he was 10 years old. When Robert and I got engaged she said, You really have to love a man to take on the last name Cilley(silly). That is why when Robert and I married, I took his last name. So today as we are were toasting her life, I am thankful for all the things she has taught me and most of all for my Sweet Darling Robert! Two other things that she loved; getting her hair fixed and CHOCOLATE!  This week when you fix your hair or eat a piece of chocolate; please say a thank you to Ella!

Ella made our lives easier. Everything was decluttered and her paperwork was in order. Final arrangements have not been made. We are asking that if you feel the need to do something then donate to a charity of your choice, Hospice, or our FLYLADY BUILD PROJECT.

Thank you for all your love and support!
Marla and Robert

P.S. We will continue the Back to Basics next week. Thank you for understanding. All the missions are on our website.

Here is an essay I wrote about our legacy.

Dear Friends,

We may not aspire to be a head of state but we can take babystep to make a difference in our world.  We are the shining example in our homes. Our personality whether it is positive or negative flows through our family.  It is up to us to set the tone in our home. If we are grouchy then our babies will be grouchy, our critters will be fussy and our husband will go hide.

Isn’t it better to have our babies remember us for the twinkle in our eye when they ask if we could come and play and then we say yes!! All because our homes are not weighing heavily on our hearts; now I have huge puddles rolling down my face. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest. When you are dead and gone your babies are not going to remember how clean our homes were, but they will remember that their mother was happy and filled their home with love.

I just heard the music Going Home from Antonin Dvorak’s New World Symphony on TV. I turned off the TV and put on my favorite radio station to hear mine and Robert’s favorite symphony by Camille Saint-Saens; The Organ Symphony. That beautiful music brought back a touching memory of our first kiss. I guess it is those little memories that stay with us all of our lives. My sweetie choreographed our first kiss to the 4th movement when the organist pulls out all the stops on the organ and fills the air with the most wonderful
sounds.   We don’t listen to it often but when we do we are touched by its beauty and power.

I feel that this was a God Breeze to affirm this message to you! We all have the power to change the world even if it is just our little neck of the woods. Our attitude is everything. I want for you what I have Peace! Peace in knowing that I will be remembered for my smile and my positive contagious spirit! I live by these three rules.

Don’t sweat the small stuff; what doesn’t matter doesn’t matter.
Laugh every day even if it is at yourself.
And love like there is no tomorrow!

We all have the power to change the world in our little neck of the woods; it doesn’t matter if you are from a big city or a small town! Tap into the power that is within you!

I love you all!


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